Skip to main content

Consistency in ethical reasoning concerning genetic testing and other health-related practices in occupational and non-occupational settings

Objective

Consistency in ethical reasoning concerning genetic testing and other health-related practices in occupational and non-occupational settings. OBJECTIVES

The major objective of this project is to develop a methodology allowing for comparing ethical reasoning of practices in different fields and countries, and to provide substantive material for a public debate on the acceptability of practices and the need for regulations. A related objective is to assess coherence of the ethical reasoning with the current goals of 'European' social morality.

The major objective of this proposal is to develop a methodology allowing for comparing ethical reasoning of practices in different fields and countries, and to provide substantive material for a public debate on the acceptability of practices and the need for regulations. This will be done through assessing the mutual consistency of ethical reasoning in four important heath-related fields (pre-employment or pre-placement testing, occupational maternity protection policy, life insurance eligibility testing and pre-natal diagnosis) and through assessing coherence of the ethical reasoning with the current goals of `European' social morality. A series of persons from different disciplines will be invited to contribute to rigorous, parallel national workshops in three Member States illustrative of differences between Member States across the European Union: Belgium, Italy and Finland.

The national workshops will be strictly parallel in their approach. Based upon an analytical description, an analysis of the - de facto - ethical and social balancing of values will be done for each of the four fields. In this way data will be compiled on consistency in the ethical reasoning of the four fields of interest in each Member State. These national workshops will be followed by an international workshop, in order to compare consistency in the balancing of values in different countries and to assess coherence with European declarations related to occupational and non-occupational health issues. 07

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
49,Herestraat 49
3000 Louvain / Leuven
Belgium